Article courtesy of Karen Graham | March 23, 2015 | Digital Journal | Shared as educational material
In November 2014, an investigation revealed that California state officials knowingly allowed oil companies to dump, or pump millions of gallons of toxic waste-water into the state’s federally protected underground freshwater aquifers.
Today it was announced that studies show the injection mixture contains over 200 200 different chemicals, including diesel, biocides and benzene.
What is being done with fracking waste-water in California
One reality check is that with 93 percent of California designated still in a “Severe Drought” zone or worse, the importance of having clean, pristine aquifers for drinking water rises in importance. Now, that clean water has been potentially damaged beyond repair.
“It’s inexcusable,” said Hollin Kretzmann, with the Center for Biological Diversity in San Francisco. “That’s a huge concern and communities who rely on water supply wells near these injection wells have a lot of reason to be concerned that they’re finding high levels of arsenic and thallium and other chemicals nearby where these injection wells have been allowed to operate.”
EPA orders California to bring waste-water injection program into federal compliance by 2017
In a letter to California officials, the EPA demanded the state bring an end to the practices and gave them until February 15, 2017 to come into compliance. But the public is left out in the cold with the EPA directive. How much damage has already been done, and how much more damage will be done in the next two years?
Sadly, and not unsurprisingly, California officials admit that testing of some drinking water wells near injection sites have “higher than acceptable” levels of toxicants including arsenic, nitrates, and thallium. But, officials claim these toxic contaminants are not the result of fracking. Interesting to note, but the three chemicals are used in the fracking process.